|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Casa Caribaea is nestled five minutes from central Uvita up a quiet paved road. Set on 2.5 acres and bordered by hundreds of acres of primary jungle in a verdant garden setting, it comprises only two residences. From the moment you enter the luxuriant garden estate, your holiday is suffused with tropical serenity.
Designed along the lines of a Balinese village in the hills, Casa Caribaea projects a theme of simplistic elegance. The buildings use local stones and hardwoods blending seamlessly into the environment. The gardens are generously given center stage and provide a wonderful contrast against the sweeping ocean views that include both the Whale’s Tail and Cano Island. The spacious infinity edge pool is flanked by a large pagoda style home that serves as the principle entertainment area. The informal and accommodating owners live on the second and third floor of the pagoda style home and are friendly and full of information. The barbeque is conveniently situated between the pool and the bar and spectacular sunset ocean views can be seen from every angle. The rental villa is privately situated 40 yards away and enjoys sunset ocean views from the main living room.
Rooms are a sensuous combination of luxury and homespun charm. The latter comes in the form of antiques collected by the owners on their travels and the unique furniture created by local wood artisan Eduardo Mancini. All bathrooms and kitchens are spacious and lined with white quartz. The radial ceiling beams supporting the cathedral design are made of Nispero, a local hard wood. The hand-crafted wood windows encourage guests to take advantage of the continuous breezes that whip through the property but all rooms also have air conditioning and fans. Flower arrangements are decoratively arranged throughout the living quarters showcasing the prized jewels of the garden.
Tropical abundance as a phrase does not do justice to the profusion and variety of plants here. Heliconias, gingers, bromeliads and palms are constantly attracting birds and butterflies. Many of the species will be unrecognizable to most as the owner has been meticulously collecting rare plants for several years. The garden boasts the largest collection of heliconias within the country at over 110 varieties and counting. There are also over 150 palm varieties on display. Several rare species endemic to Madagascar and New Caledonia are littered throughout the landscape. A series of limestone walkways, wooden bridges, pergolas and streams run through the property. Many of these meander through primary rainforest giving wildlife lovers more opportunities to gaze at toucans and howler monkeys.
The staff prides itself on local knowledge and tailor-made excursions are created to help guests appreciate Southern Costa Rica. Cultural tours include visits to a small artisan vanilla farm, rainforest canopy zip-lines and excursions to Boruca, an indigenous village with celebrated craftspeople. Courses on a range of activities, including basket weaving with local materials, Spanish language classes, and Reiki energy workshops, can be organized. There are a range of more activity-oriented excursions: guided walks, waterfall canyon rappelling, ATV trail riding, sport fishing and mountain biking (with a wide tire option for beach rides). Private yoga and surf lessons can also be coordinated. The owner is an avid surfer and can suggest the best places to surf for a given experience level. A unique botanic tour, which visits some of the most spectacular private tropical gardens in the area, is a must for plant enthusiasts. Spa services are also available upon request.
Jason and Victoria met in the Bay Area of California and were married in 2005. Shortly after, they moved to Costa Rica in order to be closer to Victoria's mother, who had recently moved to Uvita for retirement. Shortly after, Jason and Victoria built their custom dream house where they live with their two kids, Oliver and Ozzie.
Jason worked in the financial services industry for eight years. Victoria is a registered nurse with over ten years of experience in the ICU.
Jason or Victoria Hughes purchased this villa in 2006
We were some of the first buyers within the Jardines del Morete development. We fell in love with the lot immediately as the building site had sweeping ocean views but was also located next to primary rainforest. The property was also closer to central Uvita than other ocean view lots we saw.
The property is less than three minutes from central Uvita (one mile) and is on a road that was recently paved by the property owners in the development. Most of the ocean view homes in Uvita are located up steep, long and unpaved roads that require a four wheel drive. It is very rare to have a paved road here and thus a four wheel drive is not required (although we do recommend a four wheel drive for other activities in the area).
There is also a constant wind that passes through our valley. Not only does this unique wind ward off the insects but it also influences temperatures here as we are on average five degrees F cooler than average Uvita temperatures.
The property has primary forest that is teeming with wildlife and in order to maximize the chance of seeing everything we have built extensive non-slip limestone pathways throughout the primary rainforest on our property. The network of trails, while affording amazing photography opportunities, is also flanked by rare plants that you simply don't see at other homes in the area. All the palm species (most imported from seed) are grouped together within their respective genuses and labeled for those with a botanic penchant. Bromeliads, gingers and heliconias are also festooned along the trails giving guests a spectacular display of rare and colorful flowers amongst the backdrop of tropical fecundity.
The property always has somebody on guard 24 hours. Although we located in an area with little traffic, we consider security a top priority and have taken several steps to ensure that you and your belongings are safe and secure.
Jason and Victoria Hughes are two of the most amazing people you will ever meet. It was a pleasure to rent their house... Our 11 y/o son had a lot of fun playing with there 2 children which was very convenient for us. Our trip to Costa Rica was so delightful primarily do to their hospitality. Their estate is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Jason has one of the largest botanical specimens in the country displayed on their natural trail through their property, where you can see sloths, monkeys and Iguanas. The house we rented was awesome, full kitchen, beautiful layout and the pool was incredible, also full maid service daily. Victoria will schedule all of your activities that you want to do and accommodate you in any way possible. When one place was booked up she had a back up to participate in the same type of activity but with a alternate company, which was awesome. We will defiantly be back and this will become a regular vacation spot for us. My family loved this place.
I stayed in this beautiful villa for 4 nights, it is stunning on the inside, very clean and comfortable. its a perfect place for a family or two couples. it had everything we needed and was a great location. the road going up is paved which is rare for the area so that was a plus. the view and pool are stunning. would definitely stay again and recommend to all my friends.
The most amazing week of my 46 years of life - and due to the incredible Villa and home of Victoria and Jason. I want to say something negative so no one can ever take it away from me - but it is just too incredible to do so and I would feel guilty for keeping others from experiencing their warm, exquisite and accommodating residence.
The villa - superb.
The grounds - exquisite.
The pool and surrounding area - like a set in a movie.
The creek running through the property and birds and monkeys - made me giddy like I a 13 year old.
BUT, the hospitality of Victoria and Jason - that is truly what made me decide that Costa Rica would be my long term home.
If you want to feel special, stay in THE most beautiful place, be close to everything that matters and truly feel the beauty of Costa Rica - then this is THE only place to stay.
And on that note - Thank you Victoria, Jason and the boys for making this week the most wonderful and fulfilling one that I have ever experienced!!!!
PURA VIDA - and jealousy towards all others that get to experience your beautiful home!!!!
This property was great. Clean, great location, beautiful view and everything you need.
The description was accurate but understated. I loved the bathrooms and the general decor.
Upon our arrival we found fresh fruit and the refrigerator stocked with eggs, coffee, beer, and all essentials to get you started.
We walked the trail behind the house and the tropical plants were amazing.The property is beautiful, peaceful, and well maintained. They responded quickly and the booking was very easy from start to finish.
Jason and Victoria were very helpful and recommend restaurants and local activitities. I even tried Victoria's favorite, basil parm wings at Jolly Rodgers.
One morning about 20 howler monkeys visited us outside the kitchen window. One of the females was carrying her baby on here back.
We walked up the hill to the hotel and restaurant and saw a tree loaded with toucans.
This was a very tranquil place to stay. Thank you Jason and Victoria.
My wife and I stayed here for a few weeks in March. It was amazing. The two bedroom was perfect for us, clean, breezy (AC would really cool it down as well), nice little open kitchen & island to prep your fish, make a drink, relax around. Really nice bathrooms as well. Doña, the awesome housekeeper, keeps the place spotless daily & is so sweet. There is a great spot to park your car right in front of the house. The main house and pool are really nice and we spent a lot of time at the pool enjoying the views, birds and abundant wildlife. Great sunsets after a day at the beach. Jason and Victoria were both really helpful with anything we needed or questions we had......learned about another surf spot, where to buy shrimp & tuna, and Victoria even helped me find an acupuncturist after I hurt my shoulder surfing. We had a great time meeting their kids and playing with Wally and Wednesday (the "guard dogs"). There is a really neat trail that winds behind the houses and down by a little creek. In just a few steps you are really in the middle of the rain forest. We hiked down here a few mornings and watched the howler monkeys on their morning commute. There is also a small hotel just up the road (literally a 2 minute walk) where you can go for a meal. We liked to hike up the road occasionally in the morning (for the views and exercise) and stop here for a smoothie or Tico breakfast.
The proximity to the main road is another great quality of the house. You are up in the hills and secluded...but it's partially paved and a super easy few minutes up or down. We rented another property after our stay here (to accommodate more guests) and found ourselves wishing we had stayed here the whole time. It was excellent.
Uvita is in the heart of Costa Rica's Southern zone. It is the gateway to Ballena National Park. The Jardines del Morete development is comprised of several private residences and has one of the few paved roads in the area. The local beaches of Chaman and Hermosa are less than five minutes by car. Uvita has several restaurants, two large supermarkets, three banks, an urgent care center with adjacent pharmacy, a gas station and a host of other commercial services.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 15 - Apr 21
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 - Jan 3
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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